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Northern Michigan Radio Personality Lin McNett Dies

Lin McNett aka Michael O’Shea

Lin D. McNett, known to radio listeners as Michael O’Shea, passed away March 8 at The Villa at Traverse Point in Traverse City.

McNett spent his youth in Alden, graduating from Mancelona High School.  He went on to join the U.S. Coast Guard, where he found his passion for radio.

After returning home he started his long and illustrious career at WCCW radio in Traverse City, adopting the air name Michael O’Shea. He entertained countless listeners with his undeniable talent and voice at various radio stations, including WTCM, before returning to WCCW, until his retirement.

McNett had numerous hobbies and constantly strived for perfection in pursuing each one. He was a champion traps shooter, made leather goods and enjoyed classic cars. He loved his children and grandchildren and would boast about all of them and their accomplishments at every opportunity.

Lin is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Mary; his children, Jason (Jennifer Erickson) Nickerson, Jessica (Corey) Rowe, Whitney (Allison) King; his stepchildren; Shelley (George Stacy) Sorensen, Katy (Mark) Rosa, Heidi (Jim) Schramski, Suzy (Jason) Buttleman; his siblings, Donna (Joe) Benz, Carol Pillette and Beverly Keck; twenty-three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Evaline McNett; brother, Keith “Butch” McNett; and two grandchildren, Avery Decker and Angel Stacy.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. with a sharing of memories at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to Alcoholics Anonymous, c/o District 11 Central Office, 3291 Racquet Club Drive, Ste B, Traverse City, MI 49684 and/or Cherryland VFW Post 2780, 3400 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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